Palomino Blackwing Volumes 205 Pencils (Box of 12)
Our favourite pencil, the Palomino Blackwing, in a fabulous special edition!
This Palomino Blackwing 'Volume 205' set of 12 premium graphite formulation honours 138 BCE Chinese explorer Zhang Qian. The number 205 references the molecular weight of jadeite, the most sought after form of jade.
Each box of 12 Blackwing Volume 205 contains six green jade pencils and six white jade pencils. Each pencil features a gold ferrule, black eraser, gold imprint and Palomino's firm graphite formulation.
In 138 BCE, Chinese explorer Zhang Qian set out on an expedition west. The journey lasted more than 13 years and laid the foundation for the Silk Road, a trade route that was instrumental in opening up communication between Asia and Europe. From around 120 BCE to the 1450s CE, explorers like Zheng He, Marco Polo and Jorge Alvarez used the Silk Road to trade goods, share ideas, and spread artistic influences throughout a range of different cultures.
One of the most prominent goods traded along the Silk Road was jade. Besides its natural beauty, jade was believed to protect its owner in their travels, encourage creativity and stimulate mental agility. The trade of jade introduced people to cultures they were unfamiliar with, an experience that can challenge the mind and inspire the soul.
Made in Japan with FSC-certified cedarwood, it is amazingly smooth and beautiful. Palomino IS the world’s best pencil. The Blackwing is recommended for drawing, sketching and shading. If you want a writing pencil, check out the Palomino Blackwing 602.